Relief of Nekhebu on facade facing ceremonial dance and men carrying chests

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 34.5 x 14.5 x 22.5 cm (13 9/16 x 5 11/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in low, raised relief depicts Nekhebu’s left hand grasping his staff. Around his wrist is a wide bracelet. The tip of his kilt is also depicted. To the right of the staff are fragments of three hieroglyphs, part of ‘imakhw’ . There are traces of black pigment. It joins 13.5936.3, 13.5936.5, 13.5936.7, and 13.5936.8.
Overall 13.5936 is a scene of the seated Nekhebu on the facade, facing right, looking at a procession of offering bearers consisting of men carrying chests and ceremonial dancers. He wears a broad collar and bracelet, diagonal sash of the lector priest and trapzoidal kilt. He holds a long staff and handkerchief.


From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition